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New York fair suspending piglets and sows exhibit

New York fair suspending piglets and sows exhibit

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has decided to suspend the sows and piglets exhibit

SYRACUSE — The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has decided to suspend the sows and piglets exhibit and competition at the New York State Fair this summer.

The move is an effort to protect the health and safety of the animals from a relatively new virus known as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. State veterinarian Dr. David Smith says a lack of a vaccine that's been proved effective against the virus makes the risk too high this year.

The virus first appeared in the United States in May of last year and has since spread to about half the country. It's caused the death of an estimated 5 million piglets.

Adult male and female pigs without piglets will still be on display in the goat, llama and swine barn at this year's fair.

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